- Tour: Introduction to Lisbon
- Lunch: Reservation at Pateo – Bairro de Avillez
- Tour: Scenic Lisbon Afternoon
- Experience: Fado Show with Traditional Dinner
Portugal Boutique Hotel
- Meals: B, D
Introduction to Lisbon
You’ll meet your local guide at your hotel today and set out on an introductory walking touring of Lisbon, known as the City of the 7 Hills. From afar these hills look like a montage of traditional white painted houses and stone walled churches each taking up the little space left between them, so typical of a southern European country.
Within these 7 hills there are innumerous “treasures” to discover. You'll begin in downtown Lisbon, with a visit to the Saint Jorge Castle for scenic views of the city and stroll through the historic quarters. With your guide explore the popular neighborhoods of Lisbon such as Alfama and Mouraria, where the sound of Fado emulates through the narrow streets coming from small taverns.Coming down to the “Baixa” with its imponent squares, traditional shops and electric trams going up and down the century old cobbled streets. Chiado and Bairro Alto are the trendy quarters, with designer shops, lively night-time bars or roof top sunset cocktails.
During your visit today, stop for a tasting of local products such as cured ham, Azores cheese, bread and round it out with a glass of Port wine.
Reservation at Pateo – Bairro de Avillez
After a morning of exploring, your reserved table will be waiting for you at Pateo – Bairro de Avillez where you can enjoy a delicious lunch (to be paid directly).
Scenic Lisbon Afternoon
Following lunch, continue to explore the downtown of Lisbon with your guide and ride one of the electric cable cars, a postcard image of Lisbon and go visit the St. Jorge Castle for some incredible views of Lisbon and the Tagus River.
At the end of the afternoon, you’ll return to your hotel to rest and freshen up before dinner.
Fado Show with Traditional Dinner
This evening, make your way to a special dinner with Fado show in a traditional neighborhood.
A symbol of identity, Fado music is widely sung in Lisbon and represents a distinctly Portuguese multicultural synthesis of Afro-Brazilian music, local genres of song and dance, rural music, and urban song patterns of the early nineteenth century. Fado is typically performed by a solo male or female singer, accompanied by an acoustic guitar and the Portuguese guitarra, a pear-shaped twelve-stringed lute. It is performed professionally and informally in grass-root associations and often transmitted over successive generations within the same families. Fado is inscribed by Unesco as a cultural intangible heritage since 2011.
Your special dinner will include a traditional menu with 3 courses and house wines from the restaurant, all while you assist to a very intimate Fado performance from well-known local artists (included).